TV pilot with a Durham, NC story-line heads to Vancouver.

News is starting to come out in regards to the unused Dirty Dancing cash. ($4m). It looks like NBC will not be shooting the pilot, The Wilding (Tim Kring) in North Carolina though through no fault of their own. NBC was among 16 other productions who applied for the unused portion of the previous grant money. I’ve been unofficially told they were turned down. The supernatural drama’s storyline is based in Durham, NC. A perfect match, wouldn’t you think?

From what I’ve been hearing, NBC is very disappointed in this decision as they have already invested in this state with the previous show Surface (Season 1) and the pilot they shot in early 2014, Red Zone. They are repeat customers who have spent more than $50M in North Carolina.

NBC will sadly be taking the pilot to Vancouver.

As stated before in my earlier blog, this is an NBC production shooting for the USA Network. And you know how USA operates. If they see a show doing well, they will order multiple seasons! Just look at Burn Notice and White Collar.

This project would have used the statewide crew base and these are exactly the type of productions that the legislators wanted: long term productions that showcase the state. So, this is quite baffling. I don’t know all specifics, so I can’t say much at the moment.

It is safe to say however if the state budget was not 7 weeks overdue and the NC Film Grant was replenished, The Wilding would have called Wilmywood their home.

The pilot would have created 135 jobs and used 80 businesses across North Carolina.

As for the series, they don’t have to stay in Vancouver, they could shoot it anywhere. Let’s hope it will be here (trying to be optimistic).

Official details should be coming out within the next 7 days which productions applied and which were awarded the grant. I’ll keep you posted.



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Are these projects coming to North Carolina?

The deadline to apply for some of that Dirty Dancing money that went unused ($4M) was August 7th.

Although there has been no official statement, out of the 17 productions who applied, I have been hearing things. You know how that goes. I can’t officially tell you for sure if these projects got approved and accepted the grant money, but I can tell you they applied.  You know how things go in the biz, things change every 5 minutes. But, lemme tell ya what the buzz is all about.

First up, TNT could be bringing us the pilot, Good Behavior, a one hour drama.

And for all you Downton Abbey and Wayward Pines fans, you will be quite pleased if they film here!  The series is based on the Letty Dobesh books by Wayward Pines author Blake Crouch.  Good Behavior is written both Blake Crouch and Chad Hodge. They will serve as executive producers for the show as well.  The show will star Michelle Dockery who you know as Lady Mary Crawley of Downton Abbey.  She will play Letty Dodesh.

The storyline is about “a thief and a con artist whose life is always one wrong turn, one bad decision from implosion — which is exactly how she likes it. Fresh out of prison, Letty is attempting to stay afloat, but when she overhears a hit man being hired to kill a man’s wife, she sets out to derail the job, putting her on a collision course with the killer and entangling them in a dangerous and seductive relationship.”

JoshBrolinAlso applying for the Dirty Dancing cash is the father/son flick The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter. If they got approved they would be heading to the Asheville area.  The feature stars Josh Brolin and Danny McBride. Danny and his partner in crime Jody Hill are the writers and executive producers. The project is coming from Scott Rudin Productions and Rough House. Jody Hill will be directing.  They also looked at Georgia for locations as well, so will they take the money or head south?

Both project are slated to begin in October.


Now I don’t think there is anymore money until the state budget is finalized and the NC Film Grant is replenished. With that being said, remember that 2nd pilot I was telling you about? I know they applied, but I don’t know if they got it or not. If they didn’t, I am really hoping they will reapply. It’s called The Wilding and it’s another supernatural project from Tim Kring.  You know, the Crossing Jordan/Heroes guy!

This is an NBC production shooting for USA Network. And you know how USA operates. If they see a show doing well, they will order multiple seasons! Just look at Burn Notice and White Collar.

Now the cool part!  The NBC project was specifically written for North Carolina, most of it in Durham. When does a North Carolina city get the chance to play itself? It’s rare!

The supernatural drama gives us the storyline about a group of “disparate families who realize they are enduring the same haunting in Durham, North Carolina. As parents turn against their children, one fractured family realizes they have the potential to save their neighbors. The mother, a psychiatrist, learns to help her daughter whose condition is indefinable by modern medicine.”

This project would use the statewide crew base. These are exactly the type of productions that the legislators want. Long term productions that showcase the state.

So, now we wait for the official word which should be any day now.

Whoever didn’t get the Dirty Dancing money will have to reapply when the film grant is refilled IF there is any change in the language when the budget comes out (with a number we don’t know yet). There will be projects that just can’t wait and will go to other states, but there will be some who will.  Then there will be those applying for the first time.

All we can do at this point is hold our breath until the budget comes out –  you know that thing that is 7 weeks overdue. SIGH.

As soon as the official word comes out about what’s coming to NC for real-zees, I will let you know 🙂


Is Film Dead in North Carolina? No. Here’s Why.

I know a lot of people are bummed, devastated, heartbroken (INSERT YOUR FEELINGS HERE). So I thought it would lighten the mood a little bit and give you a few things to think about.

Under the Dome is leaving, yes that is true, however, we are not dead. Film is not dead in North Carolina. It’s not even close to how it was in 2013 or 2014 and who knows if it ever will be, but there are some things we can look forward to.

There are a few possibilities. Since Dirty Dancing never used the $4,000,000 from the NC Film Grant, there are production companies who have already applied. It looks like Wilmington (if all goes well) will hopefully have one if not two pilots. One from TNT and another possibly from NBC. One would have an October start date. That’s all I am saying about that for the moment.

Now, in the next two weeks we will know what kind of numbers are going to come out of the General Assembly. We know at the very least it will be $10M but what we’re hoping for is something above $25M. $40M+ of course is preferable. That will keep some of our crew afloat. Once we get that in play we should have some definite confirmations from productions companies who wish to film here.

I do know that on the western side of the state there is a Danny McBride flick that would also like to film this fall.  That will depend on the NC Film Grant for this fiscal year. It’s titled The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter and stars Josh Brolin and Danny McBride.  And can I please give a HUGE thanks to to Jody and Danny for trying to bring everything they can to North Carolina.  I know the crew and vendors are very grateful.

We should know who exactly applied for the grant by the end of next week and how many.

So all hope is not lost. I hope this gives you some peace. I know it’s hard because our film family is being torn apart as people have to relocate to do what they do for a living. But there will be at least some work to look forward to.

Love you guys and gals – stay strong!

BREAKING RUMOR: Anthony LaPaglia Nabs Lead Role in Red Zone

by Sheila Brothers and April Vickery

Our sources tell us that there is a strong indication that Emmy and Golden Globe winner, Anthony LaPaglia will sign on to play the role of “Holden.” As you have read here on the Wilmywood Daily, “Holden” is the retired C.I.A operative who is thrust back into the field when a terrorist attack hits Washington, DC.

Anthony is no stranger to Wilmywood either!  Mr. LaPaglia was in the hometown favorite EMPIRE RECORDS (1995).

Anthony is best known for his role as FBI agent, “Jack Malone” on the show ‘WITHOUT A TRACE’ so the action of ‘RED ZONE’ should be right up his alley! In fact, this talented actor has built his career on playing the tough guy role. It’s rumored that he was originally asked to play Tony Soprano in the hit HBO series, but turned it down. Luckily for us, if he chooses ‘RED ZONE’ we will get to see this tough Aussie in action.

The extras casting director for RED ZONE, Marty Siu has already begun sending out numerous calls for extras and she will be needing a ton for this pilot. Production begins Monday!

Be sure to keep up with The Wilmywood Daily for those casting calls and updates on the show’s progress.

Wilmywood will be glad to have Anthony back!


RED ZONE(Pilot) – NBC for CBS
STATUS: Production begins March 17th.
PRODUCER:  Kerry Erhin, Nikki Toscano
DIRECTOR: James Foley
LP: Bill Johnson
PM: Chris Bromley
WRITER: Nikki Toscano
CAST: Anthony LaPaglia, Aimee Garcia, Shanley Caswell, Stefanie Scott, Graham Rogers, David Castro

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 02/12/2014 Untitled Pilot is Named, Production Dates Set, Tammy Trailer and more.

Howdy Howdy!  Happy Wilmywood Wednesday to ya!  Man, things are really heating up here in Wilmywood.  I love seeing all my film friends working again.

Nikki ToscanoWe got a little more news that came in yesterday.  The Untitled Nikki Tuscano Project is called The Red Zone.  They have opened up offices this week at Screen Gems and production will begin either March 10th or 17th, depending on who you ask.  Ha!  And congratulations to Chris Bromley.  He is the UPM on this NBC made for CBS project.  Confused?  Well Bill Vassar explained it in an interview from yesterday’s blog.  LISTEN NOW


michael-cera-john-hawkesNow moving on to Charlie Kaufman‘s FX pilot.  How & Why will be opening offices at Screen Gems Studios around March 24th.  Their tentative shoot schedule will be nine days and they begin at the end of April. I am sure we are all looking forward to having Michael Cera and John Hawkes in town for a while!


tammy_wilmywoodI am proud to tell you that The Wilmywood Daily is hosting its first event.   We are joining forces with Giant Culture/Post 1200 to bring you a special sneak peek of the Wilmywood shot, Tammy.  The Melissa McCarthy comedy was shot here last summer and the cast and crew were bigguns.  Over 100 crew members and they used over 2200 background actors.  We will be screening the OFFICIALTRAILER for the movie and having a good time with some of the crew members.  Wanna go? GET DETAILS NOW


I am tracking down those running for office to check on their stance for the NC Film incentives.  This morning I got up with our good friend Ricky Meeks who is running for New Hanover County Commissioner!  What’s his take on NC Film?


TV FOR 600, ALEX!!! Do you know the question to this Jeopardy answer?  Thanks to Deb and all the Sleepy Hollow Fans for this.  THANKS TO: @emollysmom @SleepyHollowFan  @TomMisonFans @cerulean_ronin  @SHollowSource


Sleepy Hollow Jeopardy

THANKS TO GEORGE for finding this Variety article:

John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen/The Flash in the 1990s TV series, has joined the cast of The CW and Warner Bros. Television’s pilot THE FLASH. Shipp will guest star in the pilot in a mystery role, with the part intended to be a recurring guest star in series.”

With all that being said we know him from a different show, don’t we?



Tim Ross – Audition Techniques

Saturday February 15th 1-5pm – Veteran Coach & Actor Tim Ross teaches you insiders tips & tricks for what to do once you get an audition. From open casting calls to cold reads, Tim knows what works to land the role.  PRICE: $100. INFO AND SIGN UPS


That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  Got Scoop?  Email me:  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 02/11/2014 – An Interview With Bill Vassar (EUE/Screen Gems), Anthony Reynolds, CFIFF Deadlines and more.


Bill Vassar

Howdy and Happy Tuesday! Okay let’s get started with what we reported early yesterday morning!  We knew another pilot was coming to North Carolina, but now we know that YES it is indeed coming to Wilmywood.  The Untitled Nikki Toscano Project written (and produced) by yes, Nikki Toscano (Revenge) will open offices in next week and will begin production on March 10!!  There was some confusion whether it was NBC or CBS bringing the pilot to Wilmywood.  So, I got up with Bill Vassar of EUE/Screen Gems Studios and he explains it.  LISTEN NOW

Nikki Toscano

Nikki Toscano

One of the Producers will be Kerry Ehrin. The drama centers on a retired CIA operative who, when a terrorist event rocks Washington, D.C., is pulled back into action, forced to investigate closer to home where the next generation of terrorists are being bred.


Nikki and Kerry worked on Bates Motel which starred Mike Vogel who stars in Under the Dome which shoots here in Wilmywood.

The Hollywood East Panel was last night at the Northeast Regional Library.  The panel included Bill Vassar (EUE/ScreenGems), Johnny Griffin(Wilmington Film Commish),  Vanessa Neimeyer (NCasting),  and Terry Linehan (UNCW). READ STORY AT WWAY NOW



Anthony Reynolds

Our local actor, Anthony Reynolds, made the trek to Atlanta, to work on Stephen King’s latest feature, Cell. Yesterday, Anthony finished his first scene opposite John Cusack.   Anthony plays a supporting character, Ray, who is haunted and jittery, a survivor who has devoted himself to killing as many Phoners as he can. He and his friend join a small band of survivors led by Clay (John Cusack) .

“He’s simply a great collaborator who brought an incredible energy to the set,” Anthony said happily.  “He and ‘Kip’ (director Tod Williams) gave me free reign to explore the character that I created and run with the ball. It was an incredible ride today.”

Anthony will be shooting the rest of the week with not only Cusack but Samuel L. Jackson as well.  CONGRATS!!!


AdrenalineAdrenaline the movie starring John Schneider, will be filming a half day on March 8th in Willard just past Burgaw and they are looking for background extras. It will be from around 8am – 1pm. They are looking for a lot of African Americans due to the scene being in a mostly black church. This will be a non-paid day however, we will be serving lunch and everyone will get a copy of the DVD.

Producer Del Baron, said, “Plus, you can tell family & friends you were in this great faith based film. Please email me at to sign up! Have a blessed day and we hope to see you on set!”

werethemillersHappy Birthday to our We’re the Millers star, Jennifer Aniston!  She turns a fabulous 45!


FINAL DEADLINE APPROACHING!  The Cape Fear Independent Film Festival is accepting feature films and shorts in all genres.  Late Deadline is February 15, 2014.   The final WAB Extended Deadline is March 1st!   Don’t miss your chance to win a cash prize or one of 12 Film Awards. This year’s festival runs from May 1-4, 2014. SUBMIT YOUR FILM NOW


Feature and Pilot coming to NC, Max Steel hires LP, Sleepy Hollow 2, Full Belly Project.

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Hank and Jed Sets Premiere Date for Doraleous & Associates

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  Got Scoop?  Email me:  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!